'Trouble with the Curve' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   190 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    Even those who don't know a foul tip from a chicken wing will be able to spot the desperate plays.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    The pat and occasionally preposterous story is really just a pretext, a serviceable scaffolding for a handful of expert, satisfying performances.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    It's sentimental and glutinous, and the ending is almost surreal in its contrivance and unbelievability.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeremy Kay Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    A highly accomplished directorial debut - albeit one that stays well within the bounds of Hollywood's cookie-cutter approach to the family portrait.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Its title notwithstanding, there's nothing that remotely approaches a narrative curve ball in this tired saga of an aging baseball scout.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    What promised to be a modest, refreshingly unforced little comedy turns out to be low energy to a fault.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    In one of the film's weirder moments, Lorenz uses a shot from "Dirty Harry" for a flashback sequence, and it's almost more resonant than this small, flat-footed film can hold.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Conscientiously pulls out conflicts and then dutifully tucks in those loose ends, never making a point in any way that might puzzle the slowest audience member.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Eastwood, well, is Eastwood. In filmmaking, at least, he's sure of what he's doing. As a director, he remains challenging; merely acting in "Curve," he knows what the crowd wants, from threats to punks to soliloquies muttered through clenched teeth.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    I'd call it "Neanderthalball."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    Muttering in a hoarse whisper, stooping just a bit, [Eastwood] finds an angry grace and pathos more satisfying than anything else in this grooved fastball of a movie.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    If you give it a chance to work its quiet magic, it might make your day.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    80
    The Eastwood/Adams interplay is absolutely great, laugh-out-loud funny a lot of the time and quietly moving when it needs to be.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Lorenz ... lays in everything methodically, fully, but without much invention or energy; you can imagine each plot development ten minutes before it arrives.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Any Eastwood film is notable above all for its professionalism. If the story here has certain foreseeable moments, that's not to say they aren't set up well and deliver right on time.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Of course the movie is sentimental. A fairy tale? Yes, it's that too. Satisfying? Yep.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Robert Lorenz, Eastwood's longtime assistant director, moves up to the lead spot but can't do anything with Randy Brown's ham-fisted script.
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  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    The good news is that this daddy/daughter reconciliation story connects with the ball. The not-so-good: It's a blooper.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    "Trouble With the Curve" is an absolute home run, the total package of charming romantic comedy, poignant family drama and superb acting.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    Steeerike!
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    It's the first time Eastwood has acted since "Gran Torino" in 2008, and it's nice to be reminded that there is a reason he has been a movie star all these years.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    50
    Half domestic family drama, half gentle sports saga with the saga part missing, Trouble with the Curve is less riveting than it ought to be.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Robert Lorenz's square but sturdy directing debut rests on the wonderfully spiky chemistry between Eastwood and Amy Adams as a testy old scout and his equally strong-willed daughter.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    At times, "Trouble With the Curve" is just as smart as "Moneyball," which it all but challenges to a fight.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Toronto Star (Top Critic)
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